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Obita lauds Royals transfer activity after signing new contract

Longest-serving player pleased to extend his Royals stay further...

31 August 2017

Jordan Obita says the Royals have brought in 'a lot of quality' in the summer transfer window, after signing a new deal until 2020.

The Royals' longest-serving player has been with the club from the age of eight, and was thrilled to extend his stint even further.

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The Academy graduate, still aged just 23, has already made more than 150 first team appearances, and he is hoping to add to that tally as soon as possible upon his return from injury.

He said: "I'm obviously really happy to have signed another contract for three more years. I'm glad to get it done really quickly and now I can enjoy my football, try and get fit and get back into the team.

"I'm very happy with that stat (more than 150 first team games), I've been working hard and I'm going to be working even harder now to try and get even more game time and just enjoy my football.

"We've brought in a lot of quality this summer, hopefully this season can be our time to push forward and get up into the Premier League."

Along with fellow Academy starlet Liam Kelly, the successful Royals youth system has been showing both men as the aspirational figures for the next generation of Royals coming through.

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Obita says he is always happy to help the younger players out and give advice where he can on becoming a footballer.

“For me and someone else to do it in Liam Kelly, to go through the ranks, it’s a great achievement for us and the club," he enthused.

“I speak with the younger boys and try and guide them in the same direction I did and help them become a football player. If they ask us questions, then we always give out some help.

“It’s nice to always be remembered in what you’ve done in the Academy, and to help the younger boys achieve the same goal we did.

"If they can do even more than that, then that’s perfect, but for everyone to look up to us is a great thing for us."


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